The second volume of XXXHOLiC Rei will be released on April 23rd, says Kodansha.
Like volume 1, this volume will have a limited edition that will come with the original animations of XXXHOLiC Rou (2010) and XXXHOLiC Rou ~Adayume~ (2011) in Blu-ray format.
CLAMP will draw the Blu-ray jacket illustration and a XXXHOLiC-themed memo paper sheet will come as a bonus.
(not sure if the image above is from the cover of volume 2 or the Blu-ray jacket… probably the former).
You can watch an online streaming of the XXXHOLiC Rou Adayume OAD (RAW version) here (thanks shaoron88 for letting me know about it!).
I watched it and, though it’s lacking subtitles, I thought it was a complete let down. What did you all think about the OAD?
Update: DVD ISO torrent.
The OAD jacket features a new illustration drawn by CLAMP which can be downloaded here (thanks for providing the link).
Kodansha has the cover of the XXXHOLiC Guidebook, which will be released on March 17:
In view of the disaster that hit Japan on March 11, CLAMP members posted messages in their official website to confirm their safety. Thankfully they are all safe. My thoughts are with those in Japan and everyone related to them.
The two-day event CLAMP@MOBiLE Fes! 2011 took place in Ikebukuro (Tokyo) this weekend, on the second day, the XXXHOLiC Rou Adayume OAD had its first screening and a CLAMP Talk Show was held. There are several reports spread around the internet from the people who managed to go.
Here is a summary of the highlights of both days (mild XXXHOLiC manga and OAD spoilers alert).
– Looks like a Yuuko Blythe doll was announced (not sure if it’ll be released in the future);
– Apart from original color art and manuscript, GATE 7 character settings were exposed;
– GATE 7 color illustrations are a mix of analog and digital drawing techniques. CG is used for final touches (as I thought);
– XXXHOLiC Rou Adayume OAD’s length is 20 minutes (Update: this source says 30 minutes or more).
– Looks like the OAD ends in a cliffhanger…
CLAMP Talk Show:
– The final chapter of XXXHOLiC manga readers will feel either “surprised” or “relieved”;
– XXXHOLiC artbook announcement;
– The editors of Jump SQ joined as guests to talk about GATE 7;
– CLAMP are not used to draw GATE 7 yet (because it’s a new work);
– The most difficult one seems to be Chikahito. Hana is the easiest;
– Code Geass talk. CLAMP’s original concepts for Boukoku no Akito were shown.
Here are some pictures taken from various sources around the web and twitter (click to enlarge them):
In the pictures above, you can see flowers sent by Sunrise (Code Geass animation studio) and Bandai Visual (the distributor of the majority of CLAMPs anime works).
Nice to have the XXXHOLiC artbook finally announcement!
CLAMP-NET.COM just announced that an official report of CLAMP@MOBiLE Fes! 2011 will be posted on the website soon!
The promotional video for the XXXHOLiC Rou Adayume OAD is up at the official website, featuring the ending theme song, Gomen ne, performed by Tiara.
The OAD will be released with the 19th and final volume of XXXHOLiC on March 9.
The official website of the XXXHOLiC Rou Adayume OAD was updated to inform that the after-recording sessions have ended. According to the website, the new OAD will cover the episode of Doumeki as a child.
The website also has a few screenshots of the upcoming OAD. You must click on the “screenshot” button written in japanese in order to see them (4th button).
The OAD will premiere on February 6 at the CLAMP@MOBiLE Fes! 2011 special event. A promotional movie is expected to be released soon at the official website.
This website has a preview of the Koukan-Nikki doujinshi in which CLAMP participated as guest artists. You must click on the “Hai” button in order to see it (1st button).
Lastly, I don’t know if this information is any helpful for anyone but Animate is selling a clearfile with the crossover illustration from the CLAMP@MOBiLE Fes! 2011 poster. Not sure if they deliver overseas but this can be an easier way of having a clearfile (not a poster) with that illustration without having to attend the @MOBiLE event.
More details about the CLAMP@MOBiLE Fes! 2011 event has been given by Newtype‘s official website.
As announced previously, the events will be closed to CLAMP@MOBiLE members and will take place at the aMLUX Tokyo in Ikebukuro.
The day of event, on February 5, there will be an exhibition of CLAMP’s original art:
– GATE7 original illustrations and manuscripts;
– XXXHOLiC colored illustrations;
– Kobato. colored illustrations;
– Tsubasa colored illustrations;
Other attractions will include a new promotional video featuring CLAMP’s anime works and a corner with life-size CLAMP character stands for taking photographs.
On the following day of event, on February 6, 200 CLAMP@MOBiLE members will be picked by lottery to enjoy the premiere of the XXXHOLiC Rou Adayume OAD, followed by a CLAMP Talk Show.
Original goods will be on sale during both days of event.
And good news! A free-for-all CLAMP exhibition will take place at the Animate store in Ikebukuro! This exposition will run for 11 days, from February 3rd until the 13th.
The exhibition will contain original CLAMP artwork (no work specifications) and original setting material of the XXXHOLiC Rou Adayume OAD.
And finally, a CLAMP fair selling original goods will run on all Animate stores during the months of February and March.
– Next scheduled chapters (red means new):
12/10 – Newtype #01 – Drop. 22-D (on sale).
01/10 – Newtype #02 – Drop. 23.
02/10 – Newtype #03 – Drop. 24.
– Next scheduled chapters (red means new):
12/09 – Bessatsu Shonen Magazine #01 – Chapter 211 (on sale).
01/08 – Bessatsu Shonen Magazine #02 – Chapter 212.
02/09 – Bessatsu Shonen Magazine #03 – Chapter 213 – last chapter of volume 19 – XXXHOLiC will feature the front cover.
CLAMP-NET.COM doesn’t say anything about Chapter 213 being the final chapter of the series.
The ending theme song for the upcoming XXXHOLiC Rou Adayume OAD will be “Gomen ne.” (“I’m sorry.”), performed by Tiara. The song will be included in the singer’s 2nd album, Tears, to be released on February 16. CLAMP-NET.COM describes the song as a “medium ballad”.
Here are some pictures of the XXXHOLiC Kei DVD Box. The set will come with 3 DVDs, Discs 1 and 2 will have 4 episodes each and Disc 3 with 5 episodes (13 episodes total). The set will also come a XXXHOLiC colored illustration with reproduction of CLAMP’s signatures. The illustration was first published as the cover of the May issue of Animedia magazine in 2006.
The XXXHOLiC Kei DVD Box will be released on January 26.
The official website of the now XXXHOLiC Rou OAD has a new look to promote the release of the OAD which will come out on March 9 with the limited first edition of XXXHOLiC #19.
The OAD will be entitled XXXHOLiC・Rou Adayume (“Adayume” is also the name of the OAD theme song performed by Suga Shikao).
As usual, the OAD script will be written by CLAMP’s Nanase Ohkawa. The DVD cover will feature a new illustration drawn by CLAMP.
The staff is the same as the previous OADs and the seiyuus of Yuuko and Himawari are amongst the cast members.
If you missed it, the OAD opening movie was released previously as a campaign gift. Check it out here.
Lastly, pictures of the second XXXHOLiC TV Anime series DVD Box are available at XXXHOLiC-NET. The release is scheduled for October 27.
Several news from the past days gathered in one post.
Seems like the XXXHOLiC 2011 Desktop calendar will actually feature previously released illustrations, you can check the cover at Amazon.jp. There is also a Kobato. callendar coming out from the same company that is releasing the XXXHOLiC one.
The latest issue of Bessatsu Shonen Magazine is announcing that XXXHOLiC will feature the cover of the magazine’s next issue. The same issue will also carry the application service for XXXHOLiC’s first Fukusei Genga (複製原画), a reproduction of an original art designed to look like one.
According to Comic Natalie website, the next XXXHOLiC Rou OAD will come out with volume 19, to be released in March, 2011.
CLAMP’s official website announced their first mobile event entitled CLAMP@MOBiLE Fes! 2011. The event will be restricted to CLAMP@MOBiLE members and details about dates and contents haven’t been given yet, or whether CLAMP members themselves will have some form or participation. I will post here in case this event turns out to be something worth-posting.
The raw video of the XXXHOLiC Rou Short-OAD, which is actually the opening sequence of the upcoming new full-length XXXHOLiC Rou OAD, was uploaded on Nico Nico Douga
You can direct download the video in AVI format here (right click -> Save target as…) or from MediaFire.
The song is Adayume (あだゆめ) from Suga Shikao’s album SMILE.
They should release a compilation album with all Suga Shikao songs used in XXXHOLiC xD This is the sixth Suga Shikao song used in XXXHOLiC, I believe. There really is no better singer for XXXHOLiC =)
I really liked this OP, it’s one of my favorites (if not the one), very mysterious and exotique.
Also available on YouTube: